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The Heavy Equipment Rigging Specialist course is a 4 day – 32 hour program developed by the FEMA Instructors and subject matter experts for encompassing structural collapse training for assessing and mitigating all types of collapses in all types of buildings to facilitate rigging and crane operations. Students are exposed to theory, principle and relationships of how and why collapse events occur and how they can best be addressed for successful and safe search and rescue operations.

The training integrates elements of physics and engineering concepts and is heavily weighted with practical applications of heavy building construction, weight calculations and configurations and the stabilization and removal of heavy objects in a safe and efficient manner. The curriculum is for advanced lifting and moving enthusiasts, takes the basics of Structural Collapse Technician and applies them to multiple story collapse, confined spaces, truss construction and stabilizing heavy weigh buildings.

Course only open to currently credentialed Military, Law Enforcement and First Responders and Structural Collapse Technician

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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the importance of safe and sound practices in all phases of planning and rescue operations.
  • Understand various tools and the operators influence on their operation.
  • Improve utilization of and communication with heavy equipment contractors and operators
  • Explain basic concepts, safety, failure mode, and uses of heavy equipment and wire rope
  • rigging for hazard mitigation during US&R incidents;
  • Learn to Safely and efficiently deploy mobile cranes and other heavy equipment during critical US&R operations
  • Explain how demolition contractors and their equipment may be effectively used during US&R operations
  • Identify the non-traditional uses of mobile cranes and other heavy equipment that might be employed during US&R operations
  • Develop efficient teams that work together safely and effectively
  • Identify common rigging terms

Course Registration

The registration period for all courses ends 30 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date. Course registration must be completed electronically prior to that deadline. The course fee must be paid in full as part of the online electronic registration process.

Schedule & Student Count

  • COURSE LENGTH: 32 Hours
  • PARTICIPANTS: 20 Student minimum
  • VENUE: Guardian Centers
  • DATES: November 15-18, 2021

Course Fees & Materials

All course materials, including applicable books, manuals, tests, and certificates, are included in course fee. Students must bring their own equipment.
  • $4,125


Travel to Georgia and the Guardian Centers training site is not included in the course fee. Registered course attendees are responsible for making personal travel arrangements. Meals Lunch is included – all other meals are at the expense of the participant. Lodging is not included in course fee. The following is a list of recommended lodging options within 5 miles of the training site.
  • Guardian Centers Onsite Billeting | 600 Perry Parkway, Perry, GA | (478) 224-5700
  • Holiday Inn | 1502 Sam Nunn Blvd. Perry, GA | (877) 786-9480
  • Best Western | 205 Lect St. Perry, GA | (866) 460-7456
  • Comfort Inn | 201 Lect Drive Perry GA | (855) 307-2224
  • Hampton Inn | 100 Marketplace Drive Perry GA | (855) 901-0002
  • Microtel Inn & Suites | 110 Fairview Drive Perry, GA | (478) 987-4004

Cancellation & Refunds

Guardian Centers reserves the right to cancel any scheduled courses in the event that minimum enrollment is not met. If a course is cancelled, registered students will be notified, and will receive a full refund. Registered students must cancel their registration no later than 10 calendar days prior to the scheduled course start date in order to receive a full refund. Registrations cancelled after the 10-day deadline will be assessed a $150 cancellation fee. There is no refund for no-shows. Please note: Guardian Centers cannot make individual exceptions to its cancellation or refund policies.

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